Safeguarding in Education

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Welcome to Newham Safeguarding in Education

Safeguarding is one of the most important roles that schools and 16-19 institutions play in children and young people's lives. Staff know their children and young people well and are best placed to be alert to and act on signs and symptoms and to recognise changes that may indicate a safeguarding concern. Education can be a great resilience factor for children and young people, and school or college can be the only place that they feel safe.

In Newham, the Local Authority and the Local Safeguarding Children's Board (LSCB) working with partners, aims to keep children and young people safe from harm, to ensure that they feel secure, well cared-for, and enable them to reach their full potential.

The DfE Statutory Guidance reflects that "Schools and colleges and their staff are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children.  Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child." Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE) 2018

We will be developing this webpage over the coming months as a source of information and resources that schools and colleges can use to develop and enhance their safeguarding practices

Section 11 Report 2017-18

Each year the Newham Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) requires all schools to complete the Section 11 report. In Newham to support schools and reduce workload, the format has been combined to enable the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) to complete the report that can be used as the Annual Report to Governors.
A copy of the report format for completion can be accessed here
The completed report should be presented to Governors/Trustees for approval during the Autumn Term 2018. The report is to record information from this academic year 2017-18. The deadline for the completed report is Monday 29th October 2018 with a copy emailed to earlyhelppartnershipteam@newham.gov.uk
Once the reports are received these will be reviewed to consider the information, any themes or developmental requirements for schools. A report will then be presented to the Newham Safeguarding Children Board.
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Model Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

This model Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy has been developed in line with the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018.

This model policy has been approved by the Newham Safeguarding Children Board for school to use and as such carried the NSCB logo. It can be personalised with your school or organisation details but in order to maintain compliance with statutory guidance it is advised that the main body of text is not altered.

The policy should be approved and adopted by the school governing body or Trustees
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The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) role is a statutory requirement and keeping up to date with the latest information and resources it important to fulfilling the role well. It is also helpful to regularly meet with colleagues who have a similar role and responsibilities in their education establishment to share best practice and experiences
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The Designated Safeguarding Lead Meetings will be held each term, with the plan that I would like schools to host these events in future as part of the development of safeguarding across Newham. If you are able to offer a room and refreshments for approximately 50 people, please let me know at cathryn.adams@newham.gov.uk
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Links to useful information published by the Newham Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB)
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A link to the training that we offer, and useful resources
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Links to the key statutory guidance and guidance documents
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